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why is my pregnant belly so big

Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I m currently 24 weeks pregnant with my second child. This pregnancy I am a lot bigger than with my first. At first I thought it was just me over-analysing (as I am prone to do) but almost everyone has commented on how much bigger I am, and those that didn t know me during my first pregnancy have commented that I m very big for how far along I am. I was looking at pictures the other day and am pretty sure I m bigger now than I was at 30 weeks with baby number 1. I m also putting on a lot more weight than I did the first time around which worries me, even though I m eating pretty much as I was pre-pregnancy. At our anatomy scan the baby was measuring small, so I don t think it s a case of a large baby. It s just really playing on my mind and I m very self conscious since so many people have commented.
Some have argued that the additional testosterone in your body when you are having a boy results in your hair growing faster.

However, while small amounts of blood can be passed from baby to mother during labour or occasionally following trauma, otherwise the transfer is pretty much one way, with mother passing all the nutrients to the baby. There s no reason to believe that a woman would be affected by her baby s testosterone. Does eating this really help bring on labour? 4. Cleaning windows, having sex and eating pineapple induces labour Semen contains prostaglandins, and there has been some research into whether having sex can help bring on labour. Funnily enough, researchers have found it difficult to standardise their trials enough to prove this one way or another.

However, as long as you haven t been told to avoid sex for medical reasons, it s worth a try. 5. Heartburn during pregnancy means that the baby will have a full head of hair Researchers surmise that higher levels of oestrogen and progesterone can relax the oesophageal sphincter, allowing stomach acid to back up into the oesophagus, causing gastric reflux. However, while there may be some truth behind the science, it s important to bear in mind that other factors, such as being overweight before you get pregnant or putting on a lot of weight during pregnancy, will also increase your risk of heartburn. 6. If you crave something whilst you are pregnant and do not have it, your baby will have a birth mark Try as I might, we can think of no reason why this myth should ever have arisen. Just no! Birth marks are caused by the blood vessels of the affected area being deficient in nerve supply. 7.

If you have sickness in the morning, you are having a girl. If you have sickness in the afternoon, you are having a boy Some argue that this myth could be true due to the different hormones produced by female babies. Any doctor and any woman underestimates the power of female hormones at their peril. As the Duchess of Cambridge s experiences prove, no woman is immune from sickness in pregnancy about 70% of women feel sick and 60% vomit in the early stages of pregnancy, although symptoms settle in 90% of women by 16 weeks. 8. If you stretch your hands above your head, you could cause the cord to strangle the baby Your body is astonishingly well designed to protect your baby in its floating home until you deliver.

Doctors don t recommend contact sports, sports with a high risk of falling (such as skiing) or scuba diving, but we actively recommend many other forms of exercise. It will take a great deal more than lifting your arms to damage your baby. 9. Drinking stout is good for pregnant women In the past, many have argued that stout is good for pregnancy as it boosts a woman s iron levels. However, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that women should avoid alcohol completely in pregnancy. Certainly drinking 2-3 units a day (the standard limit for healthy non-pregnant women) increases all sorts of risks to your baby. A recent study has suggested that even smaller amounts may have an impact on your baby s brain development, so find another way to boost your iron levels. runs from 15 to 24 March 2013.

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